A Collection of Patterns Designed for SpaceCadet Yarn

A designer got in touch with me the other day to share with me a new pattern she was developing in SpaceCadet yarn.  I have to tell you, it thrills me down to the ground every time that happens.  I absolutely love working with designers and seeing the amazing things they create with my colourways.

So after I finished squeeing over the news of this latest design, my mind began thinking over all the other fabulous patterns that have been created with SpaceCadet yarn…  There have been some really spectacular designs.  And then I realised, I should gather the whole collection in one easy place, shouldn’t I?

Fabulous Patterns designed in SpaceCadet yarn

Yes, I bloomin’ well should!

And you know what?  As I put them all together on one page, I was kind of blown away by them all over again.

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They are all so different and yet each so beautiful in its own way.  There are cardigans and jumpers, hats, gloves, scarves.  And even one of the most stunning pieces I’ve ever seen: a stunning dress that is both knit and crocheted — and totally show-stopping.

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I haven’t even got all the patterns up on the page yet — there are another dozen or so yet to go — but I have so enjoyed the process.  I know I say it all the time, but it’s absolutely true:  nothing thrills me more than seeing what people make with SpaceCadet yarn.  I always have an inkling what the colourways will look like when they’re knitted or crocheted up, but it’s not until someone shares their project that I really know.

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And to see them used in something completely new and original?  Oh!   Even though I had no part in the clever design work (or the all-important number crunching), I can’t help but be thrilled to know that my colours — what I saw in my head and laid down onto the yarn — ended up playing a part in creating something so stunning!

Happy dyer indeed.

Drizzle hat by MSkiKnits in SpaceCadet Lyra yarn

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Pattern Roll-Call: Something Gorgeous Around Your Shoulders

Y’know, even though it’s still August and that usually means high temperatures and hot days, the weather has taken on a slightly cooler tinge this week, and that’s got me thinking about autumn.  I’ve been day-dreaming about turning leaves, that crisp smell in the air, and lovely lovely autumn knitting.  Is there anything better?  And the first thing you need as the weather starts to change is something gorgeous to drape around you to keep that chill at bay.


Abby by Amy Singer

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I’m crazy about cowls.  They’re so easy — there’s no tying, no arranging, no fussing or adjusting…  they just pop over your head and perfectly fill up the space around the top of a jacket to keep you toasty warm.  Abby by Amy Singer has a beautifully simple stitch pattern that will work perfectly with any yarn from a Semi-Solid to a Wildly Varigated.  I think it would look amazing knitted up in the gentle blues and purples of Mountain Mist.


Mirth by Stefanie Japel

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The lace pattern on Mirth is gorgeous, just gorgeous — what could look more elegant draped around your shoulders on a cool autumn day?  But the real beauty of Stefanie Japel‘s pattern is that it’s written in both text and charts, and the size of the shawl can customised by completing as many chart repeats as the knitter likes.  The allover lace pattern will really shine in a Gently Varigated yarn such as Pink Autumn or Desert Wine.


Eventide by Laura Nelkin

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Now here is a pattern that makes you want to grab that crazy-gorgeous yarn that’s been calling your name and just cast on.  The long criss-cross floats of Laura Nelkin‘s Eventide really showcase the colours a variegated yarn such as the cool blue/green/purples of Midnight Swim or the gentle pinks and olive-greens of Bramble Rose.  And the beautiful openwork creates a pattern that is perfect for those not-too-warm, not-too-cool days that autumn brings.


So, yeah, I know…  it’s still August.  And the sun in still high in the sky and we’re all still wearing our summer clothes.  But one of these days, the weather is going to change suddenly and summer will be gone…  And now is the perfect time to cast on so that, when that happens, you’ll have something gorgeous to see in the autumn.

Beautiful One-Skein Knitting Patterns for Hand-Dyed Yarns

One of the most exciting things about buying yarn from small, indie dyers like SpaceCadet Creations is that each skein is hand-created and unique, dyed on its own or in a very small dyelot, and not like any other skein in the world.  But now and again, someone will look at my shop and then contact me to say that they love my colours but… what can be made with yarns from such small-batch dyelots?  What can be knit out of a single skein of yarn?

Now, there are legions of addicted sock knitters who could probably jump in with an answer that question (“Socks!”) but, in reality, there are just so many beautiful projects that can be created from just one or two skeins of hand-dyed yarn!  Let me share a few patterns that have caught my eye…


Simple Things by Mary-Heather Cogar

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This beautiful shawlette was designed to show off the colours of a of a single skein of sock yarn.  Mary-Heather chose simple stitchwork  to compliment the colours of even the most wildly variegated colourway, such as those in Sunset over a Stormy Sea, and the regular increases help reduce the chance of pooling.  The shawlette looks fantastic tucked into the top of a jacket — stylish and functional at the same time.  And I think it’s a perfect first project for anyone who is experimenting with hand-dyed yarns.


SweaterBabe.com’s #87 One Skein Lace Fingerless Gloves

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I fell in love with these the minute I saw them!  The lace pattern is delicate without being fussy, and the gloves look warm and lady-like at the same time.  Using just a single skein of yarn, I think this pattern would look stunning knit up in an autumn colourway.


Dalia by Ariane Caron-Lacoste

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This little cowl is so sweet, so perfect, that I every time I see the picture I just want to cast on for it RIGHT NOW.  It’s always at a moment when I’m busy dyeing or blogging and so I can’t cast on but… still, as soon as I see it…  I want to start it RIGHT NOW!  I love the simplicity of it, how quick it would be…  how it would be a little gift just for me.  I’m seeing it in a warm colourway such as Bramble Rose.  You know…  I really am seeing it.

In fact, I may just have to stop blogging and go cast it on.  Right now.